PUBLIC RELATIONS INSTITUTE
OF NEW ZEALAND

Te Pūtahi Whakakakau Tūmatanui o Aotearoa

Sara Meij

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To contact this candidate email sarameij@gmail.com

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Profile & Portfolio

EXPERIENCE

Various clients worldwide, remote — Writer

June 2019 – PRESENT
Freelance writer of customer stories, case studies, profiles and long-form (1000-3000 words) research-based SEO articles on various topics, such as technology/SaaS, elearning, team/workplace training, productivity and self-development. Translating complex information into clear and concise communication is what I do best. Portfolio: sarameij.com

Tasman District Council, Nelson — Digital Content Lead
September 2019 – April 2021
In charge of all Council websites, subsites, intranet, and digital strategies. Responsible for overseeing the implementation of our social media strategy, web content management, content creation. Working together with business analysts and information services on capital projects. Also recorded and edited a weekly Council radio programme.

Tasman District Council, Nelson — Online Communications Advisor
September 2018 – September 2019
Web content management, content creation, social media management, video production, media liaison, communications council-wide as well as specifically for the parks and reserves department.

Civil Defence, Nelson — Public Information Manager
March/April 2019
Public information manager during the recovery phase of the 2019 Pigeon Valley fire (in addition to BAU role of online comms at Tasman District Council). In charge of all communications to the public, stakeholders, councillors and media.

Nelson Mail, Nelson — Journalist
September 2015 – September 2018
Breaking news and environment reporter, entertainment, arts and feature writer for the Nelson Mail. Print, online and video journalism.
Training colleagues on shooting and editing video & writing protocols for shooting video for breaking news.
Coordinator & reporter of the weekly community paper the Nelson Leader from September 2015-August 2016.

GEKKO Ltd, online — Owner
November 2016 – March 2018
Set up and ran an online company selling wood and bamboo sunglasses. Responsible for the process of setting up a company from A to Z and running it. Which included, but wasn’t limited to, writing a business plan, marketing, sourcing products, creating a brand, creating the website, writing content, managing social media, managing wholesale relationships, accounting, sales.

Freelance, Amsterdam/London — Journalist
January 2014 – September 2015
Work appearing in/on: RTL Toekomstmakers, Mimik Magazine, Upstart Magazine. Online, print and video journalism.

Upstart Magazine, London — Production editor
May 2015 – August 2015
In charge of producing a flawless student magazine by deadline.
Managing a team of 25 people; making sure copy, pictures and design are delivered on time.
Sub-editing, proofreading, page layout and fact-checking of all copy. A methodological approach to planning; implementing an extensive organisational process.
Building and maintaining business relationships with the printer and publishing house.
Research, report and write news stories and features

The Week, London — Assistant researcher
March 2015
Researching, proofreading, fact-checking, sourcing articles for editors and archiving files. Work placement during master’s degree.

Willen House, London — Residential advisor
September 2014 – August 2015
Assisting the residential manager.
Organising and leading focus groups with residents.
Parallel with studying for master’s degree.

Mimik Magazine, Amsterdam — Fashion editor
January 2014 – August 2014
Research, report and write features and reviews for online.

SGCA Amsterdam, Amsterdam — Project manager
September 2013 – December 2013
In charge of a short-term project developing a webshop for client BirdieRock.

HEMA, Amsterdam — Project coordinator
May 2012 – June 2012
In charge of a short-term project organising and coordinating the annual HEMA Press Day.

DDB⁰, Amsterdam — Intern
2011
Assisting the strategy department, trend watching for SignBank.
Wrote an online content strategy for social media.
Extracurricular activity: non-compulsory internship two days a week during term.

Bolts United, Amsterdam — Intern
2011
In charge of organising the development of a new company website.
Completing extensive brand research. Organising small business events.

Mr Jones Tea, Amsterdam — Short-term project
2010
Wrote a marketing communication plan after extensive research.

Hermitage, Amsterdam — Intern
2010
Wrote an online marketing plan after extensive research.

EDUCATION

City University London, London — Master’s degree
September 2014 – July 2015
International Journalism – broadcasting & print, with merit.

Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Amsterdam — Bachelor’s degree
September 2008 – September 2012
Media, Marketing & Communication

Received a bachelor degree with distinction for the marketing communication plan written for HEMA’s German stores after completing extensive research, both qualitative and quantitative.


SKILLS

Online and print journalism
Digital
SEO content
Copywriting
Content creation
Project management tools and software (Trello, Microsoft Teams, Slack etc)
Remote work
Video shooting & editing
Marketing & communications
CMS
Project management
HTML
Photography
Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn)
Proofing and editing text
Can work with iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop.

LANGUAGES
English, Dutch

To contact this candidate email sarameij@gmail.com

Contact using webmail: Gmail / AOL / Yahoo / Outlook